If you're after the best PS4 games available today, then you’ve come to the right place. Since its launch way back in 2013, the PS4 has become a console with a timeless library of great games, and while this means you'll have plenty to play, it can be easy to miss out on some genuine classics. That’s where we can help.
While it’s likely that 2021 is going to be "the year of the PS5" in terms of Sony hardware, we don’t think that means the best PS4 games should be pushed aside and forgotten, far from it. Even for those who have been able to upgrade, thanks to the PS5’s backwards compatibility the best PS4 games are going to be playable and relevant for years to come. Some of them even have free enhancements that take advantage of the new console’s power, like Ghost of Tsushima.
So regardless of whether you’re playing on your beloved launch-day PS4, you’ve upgraded to the slightly better PS4 Pro or you’ve managed to nab yourself one of those elusive PS5s, our selection of the best PS4 games is likely to have a title for you.
For those who want to maximise the time they have with the games they love and spend less time looking for them, we’ve put together this useful list which should cater to a wide range of tastes. We’ve also included whether or not the games here support 4K and HDR enhancements. Here are the best PS4 games available right now.
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Apex Legends is another contender vying for the battle royale crown. Developed by Respawn Entertainment and set in the Titanfall universe, Apex Legends is a squad-based battle royale shooter where teams of three go up against 57 other players to try to gather loot and be the last person (or squad) standing.
However, unlike Fortnite and PUBG, Apex Legends sees players take on a class, each represented by a unique character (imagine Fortnite mixed with Overwatch and you’ll be on the right track.)
Apex Legends is the perfect battle royale game for those who enjoy the genre's premise but can't get onboard with Fortnite's building or PUBG's competitiveness - and it's free. Plus, different classes, abilities and limited-time events make for a more dynamic experience overall.
Not sure it's for you? Check out our full Apex Legends review.
PS4 Pro Support? No.
Assassin's Creed Odyssey is the most recent addition to the epic Assassin's Creed RPG franchise. Odyssey is set during the Peloponnesian War and sees you stepping into the sandals of either Alexios or Kassandra as they try to uncover the truth about their history while navigating the turbulent world of Ancient Greece as a mercenary.
Odyssey is a graphically stunning PS4 game which will take you to the heart of Ancient Greece, easily securing it a place in our collection of the best PlayStation 4 games. Just make sure you have the time to play it because there's over 100 hours of content to enjoy here.
Check out our Assassin's Creed Odyssey review diary for more.
PS4 Pro Support? PS4 Pro enhanced.
Not a Call of Duty fan? Then Battlefield 1 might be a good alternative. The first-person shooter takes players back in time to World War One and by doing so completely rejuvenates the once stagnating franchise.
Battlefield 1's historical setting helps it to stand apart from the rest of the modern military shooters on the market, with all new weapons, vehicles, and level designs that feel fresh and capture the chaos and brutality of war.
The game offers a poignant and entertaining single-player campaign that sets a new standard for first-person shooter. Broken into six sections, each following a different character and front line location, the campaign never feels dull or repetitive.
The single player campaign even feeds neatly into Battlefield 1's multiplayer mode which, while familiar, also benefits from the much-needed breath of life that the change in setting gives.
Graphically impressive, entertaining, and sometimes touching, Battlefield 1 is a return to form for the series.
Check out our full Battlefield 1 review.
PS4 Pro support? Increased resolution and detail.
From Software's enigmatic and notoriously challenging Souls titles all hold critical and fan acclaim, but none are as stylistically interesting as the quasi-Industrial era Bloodborne.
It plays like an RPG set indelibly on a hidden difficulty mode with all the helpful text pop-ups removed – which is to say it requires more than a modicum of patience from the player.
But that's the point: in Bloodborne for the PS4, you get out what you put into it. Victory's all the more rewarding when you've watched your enemy, memorized his attack patterns, struck at the opportune moment and prevailed via the game's impeccable melee combat.
PS4 Pro support? No.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare (2019) is something of a reset for the bestselling FPS franchise – removing the frills of zombies, jetpacks, double-jumps and futuristic gadgetry for a grounded take on what military engagement actually looks like in the 21st century.
The name is no coincidence, either; 2007's Modern Warfare was a landmark entry in the Call of Duty series, and Activision is looking to recreate what made the game of the same name so successful.
Modern Warfare is all about the gritty realities of war this time out, with the ‘modern’ of the ‘Modern Warfare’ title referring to the gear, weapons and gadgetry being used today in the Middle East and Russia, rather than the far-flung fantasies of science fiction.
While Modern Warfare has some glaring issues with regards to its campaign, it's still the best instalation the series has seen yet - with tight shooting and more multiplayer modes than you can shake a stick at.
Read our full Call of Duty: Modern Warfare review for our official verdict.
PS4 Pro Support? Yes, 4K but no HDR.
The dark horse of 2019, Remedy Entertainment's Control is an action-adventure with a difference.
Control sees you stepping into the shoes of Jessie Faden, the newest director of the clandestine Federal Bureau of Control (FBC) - a Government agency which researches, and ultimately aims to control, paranormal activity. But Jessie’s new role has a few issues not exactly laid out in the job description, including the uprising of a paranormal force known only as the Hiss.
The affinity with which Remedy has courted multiple difficult genres both in film and in games with Control and still managed to deliver a mind-bending story evocative of True Detective and Twin Peaks is absolutely remarkable.
PS4 Pro support? No.
Death Stranding had us worried for a bit. When Kojima Productions' first title was announced back at E3 2016, it did so to a confused and excited crowd. And the path to launch didn't see these feelings change much – they just swayed more into the confusion side.
We seen bottled babies, sea otter costumes and even the appearance of Conan O'Brien, and every new trailer filled us more with fear than hype. But it was all worth it.
Death Stranding is an incredible title that is equally beautiful and unique. Without giving away too much, the premise is that you step into the shoes of deliveryman Sam Bridges (played by Norman Reedus) who delivers special cargo in the wake of the Death Stranding - a mysterious phenomenon that wiped out many innocent lives. But obviously, it's not all that simple.
Death Stranding is something to be experienced. It's definitely an essential PS4 game - if not the essential PS4 game - but, we warn you now, it may not be everyone's cup of tea.
Check out our full Death Stranding review.
PS4 Pro Support? 4K resolution.
Ready to raze some hell? Doom is back and it's the best it's ever been. Not only does Doom Eternal boast all the blood-pumping, gore-packed fun we expect from a Doom game, it also adds a bunch of new RPG-like elements we didn't even know we needed.
If you're looking for a game that doesn't focus too much on narrative and instead throws you into ripping and tearing some demons (all while an adrenaline-inducing metal soundtrack plays), then Doom Eternal is one not to be missed.
Make sure to check out our full Doom Eternal review.
PS5 Pro Support? 1440p 60FPS.
Dreams is less like a game and more like a platform. Developed by Media Molecule, the creators of Little Big Planet, Dreams allows players to play, create and share worlds, games, artwork, music and more. All of this content is created in Dreams, which provides players with a plethora of tools to get creative with. But if you’re not quite an artist, you can simply take advantage of the incredible (and sometimes odd) creations of others.
PS4 Pro Support? Offers a better frame rate.
FIFA is, for many console owners, a highly-anticipated annual event. The latest and arguably greatest instalment in the football sim series has arrived in the form of FIFA 20, and it's straight into our list of the best PS4 games.
With 2019's iteration of the stalwart series, EA appears to have made some bold strides in the right direction, especially when it comes to giving players what they’ve been asking for in terms of game modes and statistical tinkering.
Add to that a fantastic new way to play in Volta, a light-hearted set of modes for couch co-op and some clever, nuanced gameplay tweaks that coax out a more fair and rewarding game of soccer, this is definitely not an inbetween year or an easy skip if you’re a franchise fan. In fact, it might be the best FIFA game in a good few years, achieved mainly by responding to fan feedback with healthy design decisions.
Do also check out our review of FIFA 21; it’s the latest FIFA title but we’re not sure it’s the greatest. Due to “a lack of innovation is long neglected areas” our review states that “there’s little here that you don’t already have in FIFA 20”. If you’re loyal to Ultimate Team, though, or you’re looking for a cross-gen FIFA title you’ll want to check it out.
PS4 Pro support? Yes. 4K and HDR.
Square Enix had a heavy task on its hand when it set out to remake one of the most beloved JRPGs in history. Final Fantasy 7 Remake could have easily been a trainwreck – thank goodness it wasn't.
The story has been completely fleshed out, adding so much flavor to what was essentially a tutorial of the original game. New characters, expanded stories and character growth for side characters, it's all here.
But, more importantly, Final Fantasy 7 Remake isn't just a respectful recreation of one of our favorite games – it might just be the best Final Fantasy game we've seen since Final Fantasy X hit store shelves all the way back in 2001. This game is so good that it should be considered the standard by which modern Final Fantasy games are measured, and for that it is one of the best PS4 games on the market.
PS4 Pro Support? Yes. 4K HDR.
Fortnite has had a meteoric rise since its release in 2017, and it's not hard to see why. The free-to-play battle royale PS4 game offers players an energetic and enjoyable online multiplayer experience, and throwing in some building mechanics to set it aside from its competitors.
Fortnite has become somewhat of a pop culture phenomenon, and it's not hard to see why: it's fun, fast-paced and everyone seems to be playing it. More importantly, it has a concept that almost anyone can get to grips with: just be the last person standing.
Constant content updates keep Fortnite feeling fresh nearly two years since its launch so it easily gets a place on the best PlayStation 4 games list.
You can check out our definitive Fortnite Battle Royale review here.
PS Pro support? Yes – 60 fps.
The long-awaited PS4 exclusive not only lets you live out your samurai dreams, slicing and dicing bandits and invaders alike, but also lets you fully inhabit the feudal Japanese setting that acts as its stage.
What the game lacks in originality overall it makes up for with an impeccable commitment to respectfully rendering this historical era, resulting in a stylish smorgasbord of the best ideas seen in open-world gaming this generation, and a fitting swan-song to the PlayStation 4.
Check out our full Ghost of Tsushima review.
PS4 Pro Support? Yes. 4K at 30fps.
One of the most highly anticipated PlayStation 4 exclusives of 2018, God of War definitely lived up to the hype. Taking Kratos from Greek to Norse mythology, making him a father, and focusing on narrative as well as completely revamping combat has made God of War a welcome refresh for the franchise.
In our God of War review, we called the title "the best game in the series" for many reasons, but the stand-out is that this is a game with heart and it's not to be missed if you're interested in the best PS4 games. We're hoping that a God of War sequel is on the cards.
PS4 Pro support? Yes. 4K at 30 fps and HDR, with a boost mode at 1080p for a higher frame rate.
Not only is it the best sandbox game on the PlayStation 4 platform, GTA V is also the best golf game, the best tennis sim, the undisputed virtual yoga champ, one of the best racers... it's even a pretty serviceable MMO.
We're used to scale and scope from Grand Theft Auto, but what Trevor, Franklin, and Michael bring us is a staggeringly well-realised city seen from three entirely different perspectives.
Trevor, the maniacal rampage killer whom we discover to be in all of us when we play a Rockstar game; Franklin, the classic rags-to-riches character with street smarts and the ability to pull off a bandana; and Michael, the troubled criminal with a dysfunctional family and a beer gut to show for his life of violence.
If campaign isn't for you, then there's a free online multiplayer mode - GTA Online - that you can essentially use as your own chaotic virtual playground.
However you play GTA V – a multiplayer muckabout, a story-driven third-person actioner, a flight sim – it reveals itself to be the best game on both this generation and the last. One of the very best PS4 games.
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PS4 Pro support? No.
Horizon Zero Dawn is the first-party open-world game that Sony has desperately needed. While Uncharted and The Last of Us have long given PS4 players a fantastic linear experience, Horizon Zero Dawn – developed by Guerrilla Games – gives you the keys to a massive, detail-rich and utterly jaw-dropping open world.
Set in an aesthetically prehistoric post-apocalyptic environment inhabited by robot dinosaurs, the game puts players in the shoes of Aloy, who hunts these creatures and scraps them for parts. It's part Jurassic Park, part 10,000 B.C. and part Asimovian sci-fi epic all rolled into one.
Once you get through the sprawling campaign, check out The Frozen Wilds DLC that sends Aloy up north to the frozen wastes of The Cut, the home of the Banuk Tribe. The Frozen Wilds elevates an already exceptional PS4 game and is well worth the price of entry.
But we're not done with Aloy yet. It also looks like Sony is working on Horizon Zero Dawn 2 - and we can't wait.
Check out our full Horizon: Zero Dawn review.
PS4 Pro support? Yes. 4K, 30fps and HDR support.
Swinging its way onto our best PS4 games list, Marvel's Spider-Man is likely the best comic book-based video game in the entire PS4 library by a country mile (sorry, Batman: Return to Arkham).
While Arkham did a great job bringing the brooding caped crusader to life on our home consoles, it failed to provide us any insight about Bruce Wayne's actual life when he takes off the cowl.
This is different, if only because it shows us two sides of the same hero – the affable Peter Parker and the heroic, self-sacrificing Spider-Man – in the same game. Tie into that the best traversal mechanics since Spider-Man 2 on the PS3, and you have all the markings of a spectacular (and dare we say AMAZING) Spider-Man game. It's certainly got us excited for Spider-Man Miles Morales on PS5.
Don't miss our full Spider-Man review!
PS4 Pro support? 4K HDR.
Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales is a beautiful looking game, then, and a fitting sequel to 2018’s Marvel’s Spider-Man, but it’s more akin to a generous expansion than a full-blown successor – think Uncharted: The Lost Legacy and you’re on the right lines. That means it’s a more condensed experience overall, though no less entertaining. Expect spectacular, jaw-dropping set pieces, Hollywood-rivalling voice acting, and sensational HDR implementation throughout (if you have a capable display).
Check out our full Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales review.
PS4 Pro Support? Yes.
If you want to play a game that will feel different to anything else you've played recently, we heartily recommend NieR: Automata as one of the best PS4 games right now.
Though it's a sequel to 2010 game Nier, you don't have to have played the first game to enjoy this one. Set in a dystopian future, the story of the game revolves around a war between machines created by alien invaders and the remnants of humanity. Humanity has fled Earth to seek refuge on the Moon, but has sent combat droids down to fight for them.
You play as one of these droids, 2B, accompanied by another droid called 9S. Combat in this game is intensely satisfying, the game world is stunning with a huge sense of scale, and the story is strange (sometimes to a fault) but incredibly entertaining. You won't be disappointed, trust us.
PS4 Pro support? Yes. 1080p at 60 fps.
It's a classic team arena shooter from Blizzard, setting two six-person teams of wildly different characters against each other in a bright and cartoonish science fiction universe.
Great graphics, tight maps, and a good roster of characters to enjoy playing. Overwatch is good old fashioned fun and we thoroughly recommend it.
PS4 Pro support? Yes. 1080p with 60 fps. 4K UI overplay.
Rockstar's Red Dead Redemption 2 took 2018 by storm, giving us the gun-toting, western open-world we were hoping for. You play as Arthur Morgan, a gunslinger in the notorious Van Der Linde gang as he navigates the trials and tribulations of the changing west.
Red Dead Redemption 2 is certainly game which will keep you busy. Between story missions, mini-games, activities and side quests, you will find yourself sinking plenty of hours into this title without even noticing it. And with Red Dead Online, you can team up with a posse of friends to play.
PS4 Pro support? Enhanced graphics and optimized performance and HDR.
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Capcom's remake of survival horror classic Resident Evil 2 has gone down a storm with fans and newcomers alike, and it's no surprise. With gorgeous new graphics but the same brain-scratching puzzles and terrifying zombies, Resident Evil 2 is definitely a remake done right.
We voted it as our Game of the Year 2019, check out our full Resident Evil 2 remake review to find out why. Want more Resi horror? Then check out our Resident Evil 3 review and everything we know about Resident Evil 8 too.
PS4 Pro Support? Yes. 4K resolution at 30fps or a lower resolution at 60fps.
Originally released as part of the PS Plus promotion, Rocket League is now free-to-play on PS4. You can access any part of the game, basically, with cosmetics being paid-for. To put it simply, in case you've never played it, Rocket League is soccer with cars. You fire your vehicle into a giant ball and try and knock it into the other team's goal, picking up rocket boosts and firing through the air to make that happen.
With rapid matchmaking, it's one of the best pick-up-and-play games on PS4 – you never spend too long waiting in menus before you're back on the pitch. Controlling the vehicles feels amazing, and the accurate ball physics mean no match is ever the same. The game now features crossplay, too, in case you know someone enjoying Rocket League on another format who wants to play.
PS4 Pro Support? 4K 60fps, in most cases.
It’s easy to forget that video games aren’t just solely aimed at those in their 20s and 30s – millions of parents will also be looking to buy a PS4 for their little ones over the coming months and years, and if there’s nothing suitable for them to play, it can make that purchasing decision a difficult one. The importance of having a family-friendly title that can also satisfy seasoned fans of the genre shouldn’t be understated, then.
It helps that Sackboy: A Big Adventure is a truly wonderful platformer, of course. It manages to avoid the common pitfall that many developers fall into when designing games for younger audiences, where gameplay is woefully oversimplified. Instead, Sackboy: A Big Adventure provides a perfect balance of pinpoint precision platforming, inventive level design and accessibility.
Check out our full Sackboy: A Big Adventure review.
PS4 Pro Support? Yes.
FromSoftware's latest offering is not to be scoffed at. If you thought the Dark Souls series was hard, then Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice is extreme mode.
Sekiro is more punishing than any title we've seen from FromSoftware before, but actually achieving those rare moments of success is extremely rewarding. Set against a background that balances brutality and beauty, Sekiro is one of this year's must-have titles – if you have the patience for it.
Check out our full Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice review.
PS4 Pro Support? Yes. Capable of running 1080p at 60fps.
Shadow of the Colossus is a classic PlayStation title, a game that performed graphical marvels when it was released on the PlayStation 2 in 2005. Now it's been remastered with 4K and HDR support, and this time around the game world is more beautiful than ever, while keeping the original's emotional weight and gameplay.
It's an easy pick for our best PS4 games list.
For those looking for a gaming experience quite unlike any other, Shadow of the Colossus is a must-play. In our full Shadow of the Colossus review, we called it "a journey well worth taking once, and somehow even more worthwhile second time around"
PS4 Pro support? Two modes: cinematic with 4K, HDR and 30 fps or performance with 60 fps.
Many games have offered us post-apocalyptic visions of the future, but none have been as brutal, as believable, or as touching as Joel and Ellie's story.
It was near-perfect on PS3, but with current-gen's increased performance ceiling Naughty Dog found ways to ramp up the visual fidelity to 'drop the controller and stare' levels. A radical tonal departure from Uncharted's jovial treasure-hunting escapades, The Last Of Us Remastered demonstrates the California studio's ability to strike a darker mood, populating the overgrown ruins of its setting with a cast characterised by murky morals but still getting you to care for them like your own bessies.
PS4 Pro support? Yes. Choice of 4K at 30 fps or 1080p at 60 fps with HDR.
The Last of Us 2 is a captivating masterpiece. Not only does it improve on its predecessor both narratively and mechanically, but it trumps every PS4 game that has released this generation. That’s down not only to the emotive and nuanced storytelling, which confidently exceeds the boundaries of what we know games can be, but in the way the game takes a critically-acclaimed formula and elevates it beyond what we could have imagined.
This sequel follows on from the events of The Last of Us, but we don't want to give too much of the story away as this is a game that needs to be experienced rather than simply talked about. All we can say is, if played the first game then it would be a crime to miss part 2.
Check out our full The Last of Us 2 review.
PS4 Pro support? Yes. 4K and HDR support.
Geralt didn't have the smoothest of entries to PS4, but after some heavy patching and a lot of angry words about visual downgrades, we're left with an RPG boasting tremendous scope and storytelling.
Oh, and combat. And don't forget Gwent, the in-game card game. And there's the crafting to get stuck into. And the alchemy.
You're rarely short of things to entertain yourself with in The Witcher 3's quasi-open world, then, and all the better that you're in a universe that involves the supernatural without leaning on the same old Tolkien fantasy tropes. It's invigorating stuff and especially worth picking up on PS4 as a planned free upgrade for existing owners will keep you playing into the next generation too.
PS4 Pro support? Yes. 4K resolution or improved performance at 1080p.
Uncharted 4: A Thief's End was tasked with an impossible task by bringing a satisfying close to Naughty Dog's classic adventure series and delivered something well above our expectations. Exceptionally high production values, an engaging story about a wayward brother and an adventure to remember, Uncharted 4 has them all in spades.
Though Naughty Dog's Uncharted journey has finally reached its destination, you're guaranteed to treasure the memories it created forever.
If you're a PS4 owner, it would be criminal not to take this ride. It's undoubtedly one of the best PS4 games there is
Check out our full Uncharted 4: A Thief's End review.
PS4 Pro support? Yes. 2560 x 1440 resolution with HDR and 30 fps in single-player.
Best PS4 games at a glance
- Apex Legends
- Assassin's Creed Odyssey
- Battlefield 1
- Call of Duty: Modern Warfare (2019)
- Death Stranding
- Doom Eternal
- FIFA 20
- Fortnite Battle Royale
- Ghost of Tsushima
- God of War
- Grand Theft Auto V
- Horizon Zero Dawn
- NieR: Automata
- Red Dead Redemption 2
- Resident Evil 2 Remake
- Rocket League
- Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice
- Shadow of the Colossus
- Marvel's Spider-Man
- The Last Of Us Remastered
- The Last of Us: Part 2
- The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
- Uncharted 4: A Thief's End
Best PS4 games FAQ: quick questions answered
What is the most popular PS4 game? Well, your tastes might not match everyone else's, but Sony exclusives tend to be the most popular.
What's the best PS4 game to buy right now? Again, that'll depend on your tastes. For MCU lovers, Spider-Man: Miles Morales is a no-brainer. FIFA 20 is our top pick for those who like playing football games, and God of War is a beautifully-made narrative RPG (with plenty of combat too).
What are the best PS4 exclusives? In this list, Ghost of Tsushima and Spider-Man: Miles Morales are some of the top-ranking PS4 exclusives available right now.
Is PlayStation better than Xbox? We've put the two consoles head-to-head in our PS4 vs Xbox One comparison, where we cover everything you'd need to know about each console – though you can also see if our round-up of best Xbox games tempt you over the PS4 titles below.
Can I download PS4 games? Yes, most will be available for digital download alongside physical sales. Sony's PlayStation Now service also allows you to stream or download from a library of 1,000 titles for a monthly or annual subscription.
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